I am VERY SORRY for you...I lost lot of money in the past with these kind of items...
If you read the post carefully, our colleague here received this cap as a gift from a veteran of the second world war. Surely this is the case.
The point here is to examine actual, real pieces, which are here more than one will find elsewhere.
As regrads origins of the cap, it likely came from someone stationed in Bavaria who bought the thing there, or, the cap was bought like much early fake militaria through the sources common in the 1950s and 1960s, as pointed out by colleague Coleman.
The Breuer-Atwood Wilhelmstrasse 110er hats are all over the place, to be sure, granted their frequency in the internet.
The Wehrmacht Awards Forum has a tutorial on these caps in detail, if one wants to spend the time to examine it.
The chances of a normal human being encountering an authentic SS general's cap in mythical circumstances of a garage sale or in the attic of an aged veteran are essentially nil.
What one cannot find easily are images of real caps, as depicted in this file.
in this, as in so many arenas, one can do little better than to recall the following:
Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.
- Vernon Sanders Law
One can spend a little time on this site with the citations on You Tube to see the glee with which people are digging up buried PzKw as well as recreating them for re en actors meetings all make the Breuer-Atwood caps look positively innocent in comparison. These caps are themselves a historical relic of a comparatively innocent time in which fakery in NS regalia was somehow more tractable than its present global malaise.
Last edited by Friedrich-Berthold; 11-03-2008 at 03:57 AM.
As Friedrich-Berthold stated in his post. It WAS given to me by a WW2 vet. I really don't recall if he claimed it to be authentic or not. It was a gift and I didn't lose any money. But still, And again,thanks for setting me straight. There's a lot of good info on this forum!